Pacific Language Weeks for 2023

The dates for the 2023 Pacific Language Weeks series have been announced. Last year, the overarching theme for the series was sustainability, which aligned with the Ministry for Pacific Peoples’ Pacific Languages Strategy and fed into the UNESCO Decade of Indigenous Languages to sustain and revitalise heritage languages. The theme of sustainability has resonated strongly with our Pacific communities, who have agreed to carry it over for the 2023 Pacific Language Weeks series. Join in the celebrations throughout the year to help keep our Pacific languages, cultures and identities thriving in Aotearoa. Visit the MPP website for details of activities, and resources for your use.

The Pacific Language Weeks 2023 dates are:  

  • May 7-13: Gasav Ne Fäeag Rotuạm Ta – Rotuman Language Week
  • May 28-June 3: Vaiaso o le Gagana Samoa – Samoa Language Week
  • July 9-15: Te Taetae ni Kiribati – Kiribati Language Week
  • July 30-August 5: ‘Epetoma o te reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani – Cook Islands Language Week
  • September 3-9: Uike Kātoanga’i ‘o e lea faka-Tonga – Tonga Language Week
  • October 1-7: Vaiaso o te Gana Tuvalu – Tuvalu Language Week
  • October 8-14: Macawa ni Vosa Vakaviti – Fijian Language Week
  • October 15-21: Faahi Tapu he Vagahau Niue – Niue Language Week
  • October 22-28: Te Vaiaho o te Gagana Tokelau – Tokelau Language Week

This year, the series will focus on sustainability once again and Pacific communities will continue to build on the successes of the previous years to encourage and drive sustainable language initiatives to reverse the decline of Pacific languages in Aotearoa.

Visit the MPP website for more information and resources.

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